The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is seeking to overturn a temporary restraining order that’s preventing the department from implementing $215 million in budget cuts for the 2022–2023 school year.
The lawsuit argued, and Frank agreed, that the city breached state laws by passing a budget before the DOE advisory panel approved it.
Banks called the court decision “vague” and “extraordinarily difficult to interpret.” The judicial order puts programs in limbo, delays the filling of vacant staff positions, and leaves supplies unordered, he insisted.
Falling EnrollmentCity education officials argue that budget cuts are necessary due to falling enrollment numbers. The budgets need to be modified each year to account for enrollment changes, as well as the shifting needs of students and new initiatives, the officials claim.
The education department has argued that the restraining order issued by Frank blocks the city from increasing the budgets of over 300 schools that are projected to have higher enrollment in the upcoming school year.
Laura Barbieri, lawyer for the plaintiffs, dismissed these claims, saying that the restraining order can only increase budgets and not reduce them, the Daily News reported.